Laurita Leads NHRA PM Qualifying with One Session to Go

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Rich_Laurita640West Virginia’s Jim Laurita (above) raced to the qualifying lead in just his second NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series start Friday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, near St. Louis.

Laurita, who made his NHRA Pro Mod debut at the last event in Charlotte, N.C., powered his nitrous-powered ’68 Chevy Camaro to the qualifying lead with a performance of 5.854 seconds at 245.23 mph.


Canadian racer Kenny Lang was second with a 5.908 at 246.21 in his Summit Racing Corvette and Mike Castellana was third in his Al-Anabi Racing Camaro with a 5.914 at 241.02.

Series points leader Rickie Smith qualified fifth in his late model Camaro with a 5.924 at 243.68, followed by the touring series’ most recent winner, Von Smith, who was sixth with a 5.930 at 242.32 in his Dr. Moon’s Rage/Al-Anabi Racing ’69 Camaro.

In a scary moment during the second qualifying session, Swedish Pro Mod driver Adam Flamholc’s supercharged Camaro went out of control near the finish line and impacted the left guardwall. He was reportedly alert and responding to commands as he was transported to St. Louis University Trauma Center. Later reports said Flamholc’s most serious injury was a broken arm.

The final Pro Mod qualifying session is Saturday at 1:45 p.m. and will be followed by the first round of eliminations, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations will continue Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m.

(DI.com file photo by Ian Tocher)


MADISON, Ill. — Friday’s results after the first one of three rounds of qualifying for the Second annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the ninth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday to set the 16-car field for the first round of eliminations, also set for Saturday.

Pro Modified

1. Jim Laurita, Chevy Camaro, 5.854, 245.23; 2. Kenny Lang, Chevy Corvette, 5.908, 246.21; 3. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.914, 241.02; 4. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.916, 245.45; 5. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.924, 243.68; 6. Von Smith, Camaro, 5.930, 242.32; 7. Kevin Fiscus, Ford Mustang, 5.943, 247.16; 8. Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.944, 249.67; 9. Chip King, Dodge Daytona, 5.949, 248.25; 10. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.978, 243.63; 11. Robert Patrick Jr., Mustang, 6.009, 239.44; 12. Adam Flamholc, Camaro, 6.010, 240.59; 13. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 6.022, 242.15; 14. Harold Martin, Corvette, 6.042, 236.34; 15. Clint Satterfield, Pontiac Firebird, 6.047, 240.81; 16. Kevin Rivenbark, Firebird, 6.091, 235.10.

Not Qualified: 17. Chris Juliano, 6.230, 226.32; 18. Mike Janis, 6.262, 199.85; 19. Jason Hamstra, 6.316, 187.36; 20. Ron Muenks, 6.676, 161.98; 21. Pete Farber, 6.738, 139.26; 22. Steve Matusek, 6.931, 222.00; 23. David Hance, 8.502, 125.54; 24. Todd Tutterow, 8.719, 105.37.



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